China backs bold plan to tear down journal paywalls

peter.suber's bookmarks 2018-12-05

Summary:

"In a huge boost to the open-access movement, librarians and funders in China have said that they intend to make results of publicly funded research free to read immediately on publication....

It is not yet clear when Chinese organizations will begin implementing new policies, or whether they will exactly adopt Plan S’s details, but Robert-Jan Smits, the chief architect of Plan S, says the new stance is a ringing endorsement for his initiative. ...

In three position papers, seen by Nature, China’s National Science Library (NSL), its National Science and Technology Library (NSTL) and its Natural Science Foundation, a major research funder, all said that they “support the request of the OA2020 initiative and Plan S to transform, as soon as possible, research papers from publicly funded projects into immediate open access after publication, and we support a wide range of flexible and inclusive measures to achieve this goal.” ...

Funders and research institutions in China have since 2014 encouraged — and funded — scientists to publish their papers in open-access formats, and to archive manuscripts openly online....

Two other non-European countries are expected to sign up to the plan in the coming weeks, said Smits...."

Link:

https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-018-07659-5

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oa.new oa.plan_s oa.china oa.mandates oa.policies.funders oa.offsets oa.oa2020 oa.funders.public oa.policies oa.funders

Date tagged:

12/05/2018, 14:59

Date published:

12/05/2018, 09:59